EXACTA’s offices will be closed on Monday, 29 May 2017 in honor of America’s fallen soldiers as the nation pauses on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is a Federal holiday which has come to be the informal start of the summer season. People have off from work, attend parades, watch baseball, and sometimes cookout. Some go to the beach or travel. To summarize it is a day of relaxation.
But for some, especially those families who have lost loved ones in times of war, Memorial Day is set aside to remember them…the men and women those who died while serving in the United States armed forces. It’s not to be confused with Veteran’s Day, another annual Federal holiday in the Fall that honors everyone who has served in the US military.
Memorial Day was first observed in 1868, when it was called Decoration Day, a day of rest to honor the 620,000 U.S. men and women who died in the Civil War. Millions more have served in the military since then, many making the ultimate sacrifice of their life for our freedom. Roughly 1,264,000 American soldiers have died in the nation’s wars, but only as recently as the Vietnam War did the amount of American deaths in foreign wars eclipse the number who died in the Civil War.
To commemorate this holiday, we share a couple of pertinent quotes and wish you and yours a safe and peaceful weekend:
“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
–John F. Kennedy
“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems,
we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do something about them.”